Why I don’t sign online petitions

I was going through some old links, and I came across this half decade old blog post about the politics of Change.org, and this part really struck me:

There are real, effective ways to make change via the internets. Petition gathering is probably the least effective. But it is the easiest way to make money. It’s all about list building, which is super quantifiable, and names have value (this is the point where I start wondering about all those lists of progressives Change.org has built).

I rarely, if ever, sign internet petitions. They feel good to do, but are truly ineffective.